ACC breakout players: Wake Forest

The series continues today with Wake Forest ...

A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at Wake Forest:

Tanner Price, QB: He earned his first start as a true freshman. On the road. At Stanford. Yikes. That experience should pay dividends this fall, though. Price started nine games last season and completed 56.8 percent of his passes for 1,349 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran 75 times for 120 yards and four more touchdowns. He should show significant progress in Year 2 as a full-time starter for the Deacs.

Zach Thompson, DE: He played in nine games last season and started five. He brings speed off the edge and has the ability to get after quarterbacks, but he's got to do it on a consistent basis. Coach Jim Grobe said following the spring game that Thompson had all-ACC-caliber talent, and the Deacs' defense could use it.

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